• August Grooming Tip from Sara @ Meadow Brook!

    Simultaneous drying and brushing is a great way to see any small mats you would normally brush over. It also allows you to see the skin clearly to check for any lesions or growths.

    Sara Brulet

  • What You Need to Know Before Boarding Your Pet

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    Whether you are going away for business or for pleasure, it is not always possible to bring your pet with you. Travel can be surprisingly stressful for some pets, so depending on the pet and circumstances, it may well be a better idea to leave them behind. Boarding your pet can be a safe, stress-free way to ensure that your animal is in good hands while you’re gone. Before you board your pet, do your research and ask friends and family members for recommendations. Visit different kennels in your area to make sure the facilities are clean and that the staff seems engaged. Ask plenty of questions about safety, exercise, and supervision so you don’t worry about your pet while you’re away.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers pet boarding supervised by veterinary staff at both of our North Dallas locations. We can even accommodate special-needs animals such as those with Diabetes. Call us Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or at Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 to learn more about your pet’s home away from home.

  • What to Do When You Are Traveling with Pets

    If you’re like many animal lovers, your family vacation wouldn’t be complete without your beloved pet. Traveling with pets often requires special preparation; watch this video to learn how best to travel with animals.

    When you are traveling with pets, it is important to keep them safe in the car. For safety, dogs and cats are best kept in carriers or pet taxi’s. Be sure to pack plenty of food, and bring a favorite toy and blanket to give your pal a sense of familiarity. If you are not sure you’re up to traveling with your pet, consider hiring a house sitter or looking into pet boarding.

    No matter where your travel takes you, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group is here to help you keep your pet safe. Call us at Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or at Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or  visit us online  if you have questions about pet wellness or anything involving your pet’s health.


  • Tips for Bringing Your Pet Along on a Road Trip

    Summer will be over before you know it, which means if you haven’t made time for a family vacation, now is the time. If your family includes a furry, four-legged member, you probably want to bring them along. Generally speaking, your pet can accompany you on a road trip as long as your vet feels they are healthy enough for travel. Of course, if you decide to bring your pet along, it is important to be prepared. Keep reading for helpful tips on bringing your pet with you on a summer road trip:

    Getting dog into a car

    Use a Crate

    When you are  traveling with your pet, the best way to keep the pet safe in the car is to put him or her in a well-ventilated carrier. It should be big enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around inside. I also suggest lining the bottom of the carrier with half a dozen layers of newsprint and/or maybe a towel. Many pet owners find it helps to introduce their pets to carriers well before the trip to reduce anxiety once they are on the road. If you choose not to use a crate, keep your pet out of the front seat by attaching his harness to the seat buckle in the back of the car. Do be aware that some reports have shown that many pet automobile harnesses are not as safe and reliable as promoted.

    Pack Well

    Your pet may not need as many different outfits as you do for your vacation, but you should still pack a bag full of pet supplies. In addition to his regular food, be sure you bring any necessary medication and documentation. Packing a few favorite toys, pillows, and blankets can make your animal feel more comfortable—even in brand new surroundings.

    Stick Together

    One of the most vital rules of traveling with a pet is to never, ever leave him alone in a parked car. Even if you roll down the windows, your car can become hot very quickly. Your pet can develop heatstroke, a potentially fatal condition. You and your traveling companions should take turns staying with your animal when you need to run into a gas station or store.

    Chastain Veterinary Medical Group  provides quality veterinary care for pets in the North Dallas area. Call us at Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or at Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 if you have any questions about traveling with your pets, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment.

  • Allergy Alert: Recognizing Canine Allergies – [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Just like humans, dogs can suffer from allergies. Many of the things that cause symptoms in people can also trigger canine allergies. Pollen, mold, dust, cigarette smoke, and certain foods can all set off an allergic reaction in dogs. Fleas are another major culprit. A single bite can make your dog itchy for up to three weeks. When allergies strike, it is important to work with your vet to isolate the cause so you can put an end to your pup’s pain. Sometimes, it takes some trial and error to discover what is irritating your dog, but once you do, treatment may be as easy as switching food brands or shampoos. This infographic from Chastain Veterinary Medical Group explains what you need to know about canine allergies. Share it with the dog lovers in your life. 

    Allergy Alert Recognizing Canine Allergies - [INFOGRAPHIC]

  • The Dangers Fireworks Pose to Your Pet

    With the fourth of July past, you may have leftover fireworks you plan to use at some family parties. Everyone likes to celebrate with backyard barbecues and pool parties—pets included! Unfortunately, the celebration could quickly take a turn for the worse if your pet is injured by fireworks. In order to keep your pet safe and healthy, you should be aware of the dangers posed by fireworks.

    Colorful fireworks

    Contact with Fireworks

    While fireworks are a common part of summer celebrations, they should not be anywhere near your pets. Fireworks can be unpredictable, and may shoot off in any direction even when they are handled correctly. If a curious pet were to come into contact with lit fireworks, it could cause severe trauma or burns to their face or paws. Even fireworks that have not been set off can be dangerous for your pets, as they contain toxic substances. If you attend a party that might involve fireworks, play it safe and leave your four-legged friends at home.

    Loud Noises

    Animals are creatures of habit, and often do not respond well to changes in stimuli, including the presence of sudden loud noises. Many pets are sensitive to the sound of thunder, and fireworks can be even more alarming. The loud cracking and popping of fireworks can make your pet anxious, and may even cause him to run away. The  summer season  is just one of the times it is important to make sure that your pet is microchipped and wearing up-to-date tags on their collar. Instead of bringing your pet to a fireworks display that’s full of people and strange noises, leave them at home, where they can relax in comfort.

    At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we care for your pets almost as much as you do. Give us a call at Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or at Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or come by one of our  North Dallas locations  to learn more about our veterinary practice. We are dedicated to keeping your pets healthy and happy.